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Accession Number ADA565028
Title Evaluating the Impact of Offshoring on US National Security.
Publication Date May 2011
Media Count 30p
Personal Author C. Holbert
Abstract The term 'offshoring' refers to the practice of a domestic company employing the services of foreign workers located in foreign countries to fulfill some portion of the company's labor requirements. The practice connotes talent redistribution amid the broader socioeconomic proclivity toward globalization. Offshoring is controversial because it anecdotally affects domestic employment and relocates intellectual capital. In 2004, approximately 70% of Americans believed that outsourcing jobs overseas actually does more to hurt than to help the U.S. economy. Two years later, still more than half of Americans were generally skeptical of any effort to increase free trade between the United States and foreign markets, feeling that the United States more often emerges short-handed. Also, relying on foreign countries to provide goods or services may appear to some as an example of national weakness. The weakness may consist of fragile economic dependencies or exportation of critical skills. In both cases, the risk of losing relative worth introduces an uncomfortable vulnerability. While offshoring may, in fact, deplete or dilute certain technical competencies in America, this research concludes that the practice does not necessarily present a significant threat to national security because it promotes international cooperation. This paper explores the current environment and projected implications of offshoring from the 'strategist's weltanschuung' point of view, using Dr. H. Richard Yarger's Strategic Appraisal Process as a guide. The analysis establishes the significance of offshoring as an item of national strategic interest. The paper then sets forth arguments for and against offshoring, considering its merits in the context of comparative advantage theory. Finally, the paper offers recommendations for a national strategy for offshoring.
Keywords Attitudes(Psychology)
Commercial offshoring
Comparative advantage theory
Conflict avoidance
Cost reduction
Customer services
Foreign countries
Foreign worker employment
Foreign workers
Free trade
Industrial production
Information technology
International relations
Job outsourcing
National security
Public opinion
Strategic appraisal model
Talent pool enrichment
United states

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96H - Foreign Business & Economics
92B - Psychology
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
88D - Personnel
92A - Job Training & Career Development
Corporate Author Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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